Our favorite songwriter has just been included in the lineup for the 2014 Monkees Convention, Bobby Hart!
Full details of tonight's announcement as quoted from the Eventbrite email (if you aren't on the list, sign up on the Monkee Convention Website!)
New Guest announcements.................
First we are very excited to announce Rachel Lichtman
! Rachel Lichtman, the talented director who put together the video show for last year's Monkees concert tour, has a new project: an amazing documentary about Monkees songwriters Tommy Boyce & Bobby Hart!
Second we are VERY excited to announce......................
Andrew Sandoval! Sandoval wrote the 2005 book The Monkees: The Day-by-Day Story of the 60s TV Pop Sensation. Mojo magazine said this work was, "...The only Monkees book you need…Essential reading and a poignant primer in how the template was set for today's shooting stars…as close as you'll get to the official word…an engaging document of one of the '60s most important phenomena.”
Last but NOT LEAST...Phyllis Friedman Paganucci
and Jodi Blau Ritzen
are beyond EXCITED, THRILLED AND OVER THE TOP About announcing the LEGENDARY BOBBY HART!
In late 1965, they wrote, produced and performed the soundtrack to the pilot of The Monkees, including singing lead vocals (which were later replaced, once the show was cast). In 1966, despite some conflicts with Don Kirshner, who was the show's musical supervisor, they were retained in essentially the same role. It was Boyce and Hart who wrote, produced and recorded (with the help of their band, the Candy Store Prophets) backing tracks for a large portion of the first season of The Monkees, and the band's accompanying debut album.
The Monkees themselves re-recorded their vocals over Boyce and Hart's when it came time to release the songs, including both "(Theme from) The Monkees" and "Last Train to Clarksville," the latter of which was a huge hit. Kirshner suddenly relieved Boyce and Hart as producers, by claiming they were using studio time booked for Monkees songs to record tracks for their own solo project.
After their departure from the Monkees, and the negative publicity that erupted when word got out that the band hadn't played the instruments on their early records, Boyce and Hart were unsure how the Monkees felt about them personally. Attending one of their concerts, though, the duo were spotted in the audience, and singer Davy Jones invited them onstage, to introduce them: "These are the fellows who wrote our great hits — Tommy and Bobby!" Every original Monkees album (except for the Head soundtrack) included Boyce and Hart songs.